Community Information: SMUD Deep Energy Retrofit Program

The goal of the Deep Energy Retrofit (DER) program is to identify energy efficiency measures and technologies and develop energy efficiency improvements that can be used to reduce annual source energy by using 30% in existing small commercial buildings, sponsor the construction of DER projects and demonstrate the features of DER projects to local contractors, building owners and the public.

Click here for flyer with detailed information

For more information on the program and to apply please contact Mike Keesee at 916-732-5244 or

Community Event: Efficiency Sales Professional Certification Boot Camp Sponsored by SMUD


Date Posted: 01/31/2013

Posted By: Shannon Popp

Efficiency Sales Professional Certification Boot Camp Sponsored by SMUD
The Efficiency Sales Professional™ (ESP) Certification Program is 48 hours of training on sales, efficiency, financial analysis, and personal productivity that will help you become an efficiency sales ninja and turbocharge your success.

The Program will equip you with the resources, insights, focus, and skills needed to:
• Identify and capture the attention of the highest-quality prospects
• Quantify and monetize all of the benefits of enhanced efficiency
• Understand how people in different segments and decision-making roles view and value efficiency
• Generate proposals and supporting financials that are concise and compelling
• Understand the differences between how owner-occupants, landlords, and tenants view and value efficiency
• Generate compelling value propositions

Continuing education units are available: GBCI 48 CEs (LEED); AIA 16 LUs and 32 HSW/SD LUs

Learn more and register at www.efficiencysalesprofessional.comESP_Logo_RGB_450px

Sustainable Adaptive Re-use on a Grand Scale – Lessons from the Historic Ford Assembly Building

Date Posted: 02/27/2012

Posted By: Ray Nalangan

Sustainable Adaptive Re-use on a Grand Scale – Lessons from the Historic Ford Assembly Building

Winner of the 2011 Savings by Design Award, the 2011 AIA National Honor Award, the National Historic Trust 2010 Sustainability Award, as well as numerous other honors, the design of the 525,000 square foot Ford Assembly Building in Richmond, CA transforms an icon of 20th century fossil fuel based manufacturing into a model of 21st century sustainability. Join Kent Royale, Associate Principal at Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects as he chronicles the firm’s long term commitment to sustainability and presents the specific design approach for the waterfront, historic Ford Assembly Building adaptive reuse project. The course illustrates how the design of the project addressed technical and regulatory challenges with a focus on integrating sustainability and energy efficiency into a large scale, historic, adaptive reuse project.

When: March 6, 2012
Where: SMUD Energy & Technology Center, Rubicon Room
6301 S Street, Sacramento CA
Visitor Parking Across the Street
Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon (No charge)
Click here to Register Online or call 916.732.6738.

SMUD Program > Qualitative Green Design: Designing for the Human Spirit

Posted By: Ray Nalangan, AIA

SMUD’s Energy & Technology Center, presents: “Qualitative Green Design: Designing for the Human Spirit”

Date: Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Energy & Technology Center, 6301 S Street, Sacramento
Cost: FREE and includes continental breakfast
To Register:  or  916-732-6738

With the advent and proliferation of green products, technologies, and checklists, qualitative principals of green design are often obscured.  Join David Darling, of Aidlin Darling Design in San Francisco, as he reflects on his firms fundamental approach to designing for the human spirit, with a focus on the regeneration of existing real estate through creative programming, thoughtful site planning and creating buildings that last. This presentation will emphasize a process of collaboration, leadership, and social engagement in the creation of environmentally responsible design.

Aidlin Darling received a statewide award of recognition from the Savings By Design Energy Efficiency Integration Awards, the ZEROprize, Zerofootprint 2010 and a Best of California Design Award for Sustainable Architecture. The firm has also been recognize with multiple AIA Awards including the National AIA/COTE Award 2010.

4th Wednesday Design Dialogue ~ SMUD East Campus-Operations Center: “Net-Zero” Energy Design


Please join us on Wednesday evening, October 26th beginning at 5:45pm for the final 4th Wednesday Design Dialogue (4WDD) of the year. This month’s presentation will explore the concepts of ‘Net-Zero Energy Building/Campus Design’ through the strategies employed on the SMUD East Campus Operations Center (the “EC-OC”).

The EC-OC is the latest in an ongoing series of efforts by SMUD – the country’s sixth largest public utility – to utilize energy efficient building strategies to serve its roughly 1.4 million customers.

In order to streamline their operational needs and provide centralized location for offices, workshops, storage areas, and parking for both employees and service vehicles, SMUD is developing the EC-OC on a new 51 acre site at the southeast corner of Bradshaw Road and Kiefer Boulevard in Sacramento County.

 The design/build team will deliver what is slated to become the nation’s largest, most sustainable fleet operations campus.  Planned for completion in 2013, the new facility will be a Net Zero Energy campus, meaning the campus will generate as much on-site renewable energy as its facilities will consume. The project is targeting LEED Platinum.

 Construction is currently underway with site grading and foundations.

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AIA credits available.


Doug Norwood
Technical Manager

Steve Schultz AIA, DBIA
Pre-construction Manager
Turner Construction

Arun Kaiwar AIA, LEED AP
Project Manager
Stantec Architecture

When: Wednesday, October 26th 2011
Where: AIACV Gallery (1400 S Street, Suite 100 in midtown, Sacramento)
Time: 5:45pm

This event is FREE and open to anyone. Refreshments provided.

Please RSVP to or call 916-444-3658.

SMUD/Habitat for Humanity Energy Efficient Remodel Open House



Submitted by Mike Keesee

SMUD and Sacramento Habitat for Humanity invite AIA members to an Open House to preview Habitat’s energy efficient remodeled home.

The home is located in North Sacramento. SMUD worked with Habitat, to reduce the energy use of this abandoned 1946 vintage, 1107 square foot 3-bedroom, 1 bath home by up to 50%.

Date: Wednesday, April 20
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 p.m.
Light refreshments sponsored by SMUD and Habitat for Humanity.
Location: 2380 North Avenue
Parking: Parking located in parking lot on North Avenue, East of the home. Look for the tent. Free Shuttle to home site.

Cost: FREE
Register: By Tuesday, April 15th directly to Habitat for Humanity.
Contact is Laine Himmelmann (916) 440-1215 ext. 1108

For reasonable accommodations or alternate formats, please contact Laine Himmelmann
at Habitat at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Upcoming “Build It Green” Events

submitted by Robert Chase, AIA

Build It Green is coming to Sacramento, hosted by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, in August.
This is a great opportunity to attend their Certified Green Building Professional and Green Home Retrofitting & Remodeling trainings to establish yourself in this profitable niche and distinguish yourself in the marketplace.

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